Anomaly will be featured in Bentley University’s 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series: BE MOVED, in Waltham, MA. Following a screening of Anomaly with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh, there will be live music and spoken word poetry performed by Pete Shungu, a featured character in the film. Pete (aka Afro DZ ak) is a lyricist and trumpet player. Join Jessica and Pete for this exclusive 2012 Boston-area appearance!

http://campus-life.bentley.edu/cultural-spiritual-life/bowles-performing-arts-series/schedule

Anomaly - Film Screening and Performance

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

6:30PM doors open, 7:00PM event

Bentley University

Wilder Pavilion – Adamian Academic Center
Waltham, Massachusetts

$10 general admission

Free for Bentley students, faculty and staff

Anomaly is an award-winning documentary that provides a thought-provoking look at multiracial identity by combining personal narratives with the larger drama of mixed race in American culture. The characters use spoken word and music to tell their stories of navigating identity, family and community in a changing world. As it unfolds, Anomaly tells a story that is deeply personal, yet broadly American. Live music will follow the screening featuring Pete Shungu, who stars in the film.

Singer/songwriter Gabriella Callender with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh

We’re thrilled when we have screenings with live performers, such as with singer/songwriter Gabriella Callender at the Filmwax Film Series screening in Brooklyn in May (see photo at right). If you are near the Boston area, we look forward to bringing you another fantastic live show! Pete Shungu is a musician/poet/community organizer based in Boston. His mother is Caucasian from Kansas, and his father African from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through his poems and music, like “Third Eye-dentity” and “Other,” Pete challenges the social categorization of mixed race people, while exploring both sides of his rich family identity. Pete is a graduate of Tufts University and performs under the name, Afro DZ ak. In addition to his work as a solo artist, he performs with his own 10-piece live hip hop/soul/jazz band, the Afro D All Starz, who will be putting out a new album, “Strength in Numbers,” in early 2013. To listen to music from Pete’s previously-released solo album, “Elevation,” visit, visit Gnawledge Records.

Anomaly will be screening across the pond, making its European/UK premiere at the Legacy Film Festival! The Legacy Film Festival is a celebration of the achievements, contributions and issues of Black minority and ethnic people around the world. The 2011 program is their biggest ever!

Oct. 23rd, Legacy Film Festival, 1pm at the Old Courtroom, Brighton, U.K., http://www.legacyfilmfestival.org.uk/anomaly Open to the public. The discussion after the screening will compare the experiences of those within the film to those within the UK and the British multiracial identity.

Additionally, screenings are planned for:

Oct. 25th, Ithaca College, NY, in Prof. Eric Hamako’s course, “Zombies, Wizards, Vampires and More: Media Literacy & Social Justice.” (Screening limited to enrolled students.)

Nov. 2, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. 7pm at Thompson Library. Sponsored by the Hapa Student Association, Asian American Studies Program. (Screening limited to OSU students.)

Nov. 30th, Wellesley College, 7pm at the Multifaith Center at Houghton Chapel, Wellesley, MA. Open to the public.

Please contact us at info@anomalythefilm.com if you’d like to host a screening in your area!

The days are getting shorter and cooler, but Anomaly screenings are heating up! Join us in Tacoma, WA and Storrs, CT in the coming weeks! Please spread the word to your friends and networks.

* EDUCATIONAL SCREENING *
University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus, Sept. 23, 2010
Special educational screening of Anomaly and a discussion with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh. Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Institute, an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and co-sponsored by Asian American Cultural Center.

>When: Thursday, Sept. 23 at 4pm
>Where: Asian American Cultural Center, Conference Room
>Admission: Free and open to the public

* TACOMA PREMIERE *
Tacoma Film Festival, Oct. 7-14, 2010
We return to the Pacific Northwest for the 5th Annual Tacoma International Film Festival. The festival will showcase 99 superb films alongside an excellent group of special events, for a week-long community celebration of independent film! If we missed you in Seattle in April, please come to one of these two screenings:

Screening 1:
>When: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10:30am *Note filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&A*
playing with “Know Your Stuff! What’s in a Cup of Coffee?”
>Where: Tacoma Art Museum

Screening 2:
>When: Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 4:15pm
playing with “Free Parking,” “The Neighbours,” and “WCF?”
>Where: UWT Carwein Auditorium
>Admission: Free and open to the public

Consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us attend the festival and other types of outreach programs. Details are available at: http://anomalythefilm.com/?p=299

Look for posts in the coming weeks about film festivals and other special presentations of Anomaly in the fall! We can hint they will be in the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast. :)

In the meantime, there are a couple of interesting articles we came across about mixed heritage:

“Exploring History of Mixed Races”

By Jerry Large, The Seattle Times

“We’re still working some things out. President Obama made an appearance on the daytime talk show, “The View” last week. Several of the questions he was asked had to do with race.”

“Black British couple give birth to white blue-eyed blonde baby girl”

By Katherine Faulkner, UK Daily Mail

“This is the black couple who have amazed medical experts after their baby daughter was born with white skin, blue eyes and blonde hair.
Benjamin and Angela Ihegboro’s daughter, Nmachi, has flummoxed genetic experts who are unable to explain why she looks they way she does.
Doctors say the white-skinned newborn is not an albino.
The blonde, blue-eyed girl’s Nigerian parents say they don’t know of any white ancestry in either of their families.”

 

Myong and Michelle Myers, participants in Anomaly

We are going bi-coastal this month! Spread the word to your friends and networks and join us at one of these two screenings:

LA: Feb. 15, 3:30pm
* WEST COAST PREMIERE *
Pan African Film Festival

The Los Angeles-based PAFF is the largest film festival in the U.S. dedicated to the exhibition of Black films. Last year, more than 40,000 people viewed films made in the U.S., Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Latin America and Canada. This is Jessica’s second film to premiere at the Pan African Film Festival.

>When: Monday, February 15 at 3:30pm
>Where: Culver Plaza Theaters in Culver City, CA, www.culverplazatheatres.com
>For more info, check out http://www.paff.org/2010/01/anomaly/

NYC: Feb. 21, 2pm
* BROOKLYN PREMIERE *
Best of the African Diaspora Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

 Hot off its world premiere in December, the ADFF has selected Anomaly to be screened in a “best of” series at BAM. We are delighted to be showcased with the ADFF to reach even more New York City audiences in BAM’s lovely theaters! Director will attend. Anomaly will be the third film in the “Identity Stories” program after Visibly Invisible and Making History.

>When: Sunday, February 21 at 2pm
>Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, www.bam.org
>Tickets: General Admission: $12; Seniors, Children, & Students: $9; BAM Cinema Club Members: $8
>For more info, check out http://nyadff.org/BestofADFF_10.html and http://bam.org/view.aspx?pid=1878
>For tickets and directions, go to http://www.movietickets.com/pre_purchase.asp?house_id=5311&movie_id=87918&showdate=14

Dear Friends and Supporters of ANOMALY,

We hope that 2010 has been treating you well! We are thrilled about our accomplishments in 2009, such as Anomaly’s film festival world premiere at the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York City.

>>1. RECAP OF RECENT SCREENINGS

In December, we had successful screenings in New York and Philadelphia. Audiences laughed, nodded and cried in all the right places.

At the African Diaspora Film Festival world premiere, Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh conducted Q&As after the screening. Highlights included:

  • Feedback such as: “Loved it!”…”Enchanting…I was so interested in what happened to the characters…very well-done…thank you for the years of hard work you put into Anomaly and eloquently weaving a story.”
  • The discussion on Dec. 9th was a testament to the kind of positive impact the film can make. Audience members interacted with participant Gabriella Callender in an inspirational dialogue.
  • We thank Gabriella for participating in the Q&A!

At the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia on Dec. 18th:

  • We were warmly hosted by Anomaly participant Michelle Myers, of the spoken word duo Yellow Rage, with Catzie Vilayphonh.
  • Anomaly participant Thaddeus Rutkowski was also featured. His set included the hilarious piece, “White and Wong,” also seen in Anomaly.

As a result of these recent appearances, new screening requests are already coming in from venues in California, Connecticut, Maryland and more!

>>2. OUTREACH IN 2010

In 2010, there will be more opportunities to enjoy the film. We’ll continue screenings at film festivals, colleges/universities/high schools, conferences, art centers, and community events. In February, join us at screenings in NY and LA. The upcoming dates are:

* WEST COAST PREMIERE *

Pan African Film Festival, Feb. 10-17, 2010

The Los Angeles-based PAFF is the largest film festival in the U.S. dedicated to the exhibition of Black films. Last year, more than 40,000 people viewed films made in the U.S., Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Latin America and Canada.

>When: Monday, February 15 at 3:30pm

>Where: Culver Plaza Theaters in Culver City, CA, www.culverplazatheatres.com

To help us attend the festival, please make a donation! See Step 4 below.

* BROOKLYN PREMIERE *

Best of the African Diaspora Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Feb. 19-24, 2010

Hot off its world premiere in December, the ADFF has selected Anomaly to be screened in a “best of” series at BAM. We are delighted to be showcased with the ADFF to reach even more New York City audiences in BAM’s lovely theaters! Director will attend.

>When: Sunday, February 21 at 2pm

>Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

>>3. CONNECT AND SPREAD THE WORD

As we expand our outreach, here’s four ways that you can help spread the word of mouth about Anomaly, and fun ways to recommend us to your friends!

Step 1.

Become friends with us on Facebook (“Anomaly Thefilm”):

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1471315421

Step 2.

Read the blog and stay up-to-date on the latest news:

http://anomalythefilm.wordpress.com

Step 3.

Watch videos at:

www.youtube.com/anomalyJCD

Step 4.

Become a supporting fan of Anomaly by making a tax-deductible contribution! Your donation can make a huge difference in our ability to reach more audiences.

  1. Make your check out to our non-profit fiscal sponsor, Third World Newsreel, write Anomaly on the memo line, and mail to c/o Jessica Chen Drammeh, PO Box 300, Prince Street Station, New York, NY 10012; or,
  1. Donate online through this link:

http://www.nycharities.org/donate/c_donate.asp?CharityCode=2026

Note: Please be sure to list Anomaly as the Designated Program and include info@anomalythefilm.com for email notification.

>>4. HOST THE FILM

Bring Anomaly to your community! Anomaly is available for rental screenings at colleges, universities, film festivals, community groups, conferences, and more. The filmmakers can attend screenings for Q&As and panel discussions. Or, bring a performance artist from the film to your live event! There are many kinds of presentations, programs and workshops that can be offered around Anomaly.

A moving, thought-provoking exploration of multiracial identity, Anomaly is a fantastic discussion starter about cross-cultural issues. If you’d like to host a screening of the film, then email us at info@anomalythefilm.com for more details!

>>5. SPECIAL THANKS

We’d like to thank all the collaborators, sponsors and supporters who have made our efforts over the past year possible. We could not have done this without you!

Special thanks to our skilled sound designer, Brett Hammond, of Studio 11211 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Thanks for hosting screenings in 2009: The African Diaspora Film Festival/ArtMattan Productions; Asian Arts Initiative of Philadelphia; Yellow Rage; Prof. Laura Kina and Prof. Yvonne Lau at DePaul University, Chicago.

Thank you to all of our old & new friends that came out to the ADFF screenings last month. We are excited you came to celebrate the world premiere!

A very grateful thanks to our returning and new supporters for their generous donations: Pearl Potter, Richard Lee, Linda Nathan Marks, Berenice Fisher, Eric and Lisa Potter, and Thaddeus Rutkowski.

Finally, we thank all of the participants/interviewees, crew members, consultants, donors, and supporters of the film over its eight-year creative journey. You have special listings in the film’s end credits. We hope you have seen your name on the big screen!

We are looking forward to seeing you at an Anomaly screening in 2010 and appreciate your help in spreading the word. Thank you and best wishes to you and yours for an exciting year!

Jessica Chen Drammeh

Director/Producer/Writer

Sharon K. Smith

Co-Producer

Barack Obama’s presidency highlights the continued struggles around U.S. race issues. Anomaly provides a thought-provoking look at multiracial identity by combining personal narratives with the larger drama of mixed race in American culture. The characters use spoken word and music to tell their stories of navigating identity, family and community in a changing world.

For a closer look, visit http://anomalythefilm.wordpress.com

and sign up for email newsletters through update@anomalythefilm.com.

ANOMALY / PO Box 300 / Prince Street Station / New York, NY 10012

We have a few cool links to share related to Anomaly’s world premiere Dec. 1 & 9 at the African Diaspora Film Festival:

-Check out the ADFF festival trailer, Anomaly is featured circa :37

-Thanks to Kasmore Rhedrick at Arts Engine, for his Three Qs and the Truth series

http://mediarights.org/news/three_qs_and_the_truth_anomaly

-Finally, a special thanks to our long-time community friends at Loving Day for Facebook, Twitter, and email updates

http://www.facebook.com/n/?note.php&note_id=189687771363&mid=179f1c6G57b27dddG118e6bdGa

Spread the word and see you tomorrow night at the theater!

Anomaly will world premiere at the ADFF

Anomaly will make its film festival world premiere at the 17th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival, held Nov. 27-Dec. 15, 2009 in New York City. The African Diaspora Film Festival presents an eclectic mix of urban, classic, independent and foreign films that depict the richness and diversity of the life experience of people of African descent and Indigenous people from all over the world. In total, the festival will showcase 101 films from 46 countries.

Anomaly screening times will be:

Tuesday, December 1, 5:50pm at Anthology Film Archives, 2nd St. and 2nd Ave., Manhattan

Wednesday, December 9, 7:30pm at Cowin Center, Columbia University Teachers College, 525 W. 120th St., Manhattan

View the film’s page on the festival website at:

http://nyadff.org/Anomaly.htm

Anomaly is part of the “Identity” program:

http://nyadff.org/Identity%20program.htm

Purchase tickets through this link (scroll halfway down to “Identity”):

http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=192015

There will be a Q&A afterwards with Director/Producer Jessica Chen Drammeh, and guest appearances by characters & crew from the film.

See you there!